101 Dalmatians Disney Store Lithographs

Today’s post has really gone to the dogs, quite literally! We are sharing six Disney Store lithographs that were offered to promote the video release of 101 Dalmatians.

101 Dalmatians Front Cover

101 Dalmatians Back Cover

This envelope has a nice synopsis of both the film and the film-making process on the back. The 1961 animated version was the first to use the Xerox process for copying the many spots needed to render the 99 puppies and two adult dogs in the film.

The six lithographs from this set are among the few I’ve seen with captions describing the scenes. Let’s have a closer look. We begin with the announcement that Pongo is going to be a father:

101 Dalmatians Happy Couple

“After all, dogs were having puppies long before our time.”

We then skip to the birth where there is a slight problem:

 101 Dalmatians Lucky

“Nanny! Fifteen! We still have fifteen.”

Here we see the reviving of the last puppy born, whom Roger saves, and so gives the name of ‘Lucky’. Life resumes as we see the proud parents watching some quality television with their puppies:

Fan Favorite TV

“Ol’ Thunderbolt’s the greatest dog in the whole world.”

But things don’t stay tranquil for long after Cruella De Ville arrives with her own reason for loving the puppies:

101 Dalmatians Cruella

“Yes… yes, I must say… such perfectly beautiful coats.”

Jumping ahead we rejoin the story after the puppies have been stolen and the dogs of the city are using the Twilight Bark to relay the message that help is needed:

101 Dalmatians Pet Shop

Peg, Bull, and the Twilight Bark

In this scene, we are treated with guest appearances from Peg and Bull from another animated Disney film about dogs, Lady and the Tramp.

Later the puppies are found, but now there are 99!

101 Dalmatians Escape

“This way, children, around this way.”

All’s well that ends well as the farm animals help free all of the puppies. In the end, all 101 Dalmatians live together on a big farm in the country. The end!

This was the 17th feature-length animated film released by Disney and it did very well at the box office. After all, who can resist 99 cute little puppies?

For more fun with the 101 Dalmatians film, check out our earlier post entitled Could This Be Cruella De Ville’s Real Car? which shows a vintage 1929 Auburn 8-120 automobile that just may have inspired the animated copy.

Fan Favorite Movies as Disney Store Lithographs

We all have our all time favorite Disney animated movie. I personally have several! So what is your fan favorite? Maybe it will be one of the seven Classic films depicted here in these lithographs from The Disney Store.

Let’s have a look at both the packaging and the actual prints from each film in the order they were released theatrically:

Fan Favorite Bambi Cover

Bambi 1942 – 5th Feature-length Film

This lithograph was released by The Disney Store in 1997 as a promotional giveaway when one preordered the film on video.

Fan Favorite Bambi Lithograph

Bambi Meets the Rest of the Cast

Fan Favorite Bambi Back Cover

Back of Envelope

Next we visit Neverland:

Fan Favorite Peter Cover

Peter Pan 1953 – 14th Feature-length Film

This lithograph has one of the better envelopes for a single print release. Most will have a blank back cover, but this one gives us something more:

Fan Favorite Peter Hook


And now for the lithograph itself:

Fan Favorite Peter Lithograph

Again, this lithograph gives us a little something extra by having a beautiful map of Neverland on the back of the frame:

Fan Favorite Peter Back Cover

Next we go black and white, mostly:

Fan Favorite 101 Front Cover

101 Dalmatians 1961 – 17th Feature-length Film

This film has had more than one Disney Store lithograph release but I like this envelope the best of the two offered.

Fan Favorite 101 Envelope

Pongo and Perdita

And now for a domestic scene we can all relate to:

Fan Favorite 101 Lithograph

TV Time!

And now we head into deepest darkest Africa:

Fan Favorite Jungle Cover

The Jungle Book 1967 – 19th Feature-length Film

I love Colonel Hathi and his Elephant Patrol! So this sleeve cover was a treat to see. But so was the lithograph:

Fan Favorite Jungle Lithograph

Just the Bare Necessities!

In my opinion, The Jungle Book was as perfect an animated movie as you could ever create! So I guess you could say this is my fan favorite.

Fan Favorite Jungle Back Cover

Released in 1997

Hard to believe that this lithograph was released 20 years ago! Now we have a live-action movie adaption of this classic. Have you seen it? I posted a review comparing the 1967 original with the new 2016 version. I picked a winner. Click on over to see which version it was!

We have three lithographs left as we now transition from the 60’s to the 70’s:

Fan Favorite Cats Cover

The Aristocats 1970 – 20th Feature-length Film

So this was released 26 years after the film had its theatrical release. I love the gray scale artwork for the cover sleeve.

Fan Favorite Cats Lithograph

Free Transportation

Fan Favorite Cats Back Cover

And now we leap from the 70’s all the way to the 90’s and into the middle of the Disney Renaissance:

Fan Favorite Aladdin Cover

Aladdin 1992 – 31st Feature-length Film

This was a concurrent release with the film in theaters. By now The Disney Store was releasing simpler versions of lithographs with basic cover sleeves. The lithographs were of slightly larger size however. With standard lithographs, you get an 11 x 14 overall size which includes the frame. With later lithographs, you now got an 11 x 14 picture with the frame adding extra size.

Fan Favorite Aladdin Lithograph

It’s a Whole New Hug!

We conclude with another 90’s hit:

Fan Favorite King Cover

The Lion King 1994 – 32nd Feature-length Film

This sleeve sports a pleasing pattern. And the lithograph:

Fan Favorite King Lithograph

Meeting of the Minds (Mash Banana)

This, like the Aladdin print, is oversized.

Fan Favorite King Back Cover

So which is your fan favorite? Do you like the prints small or larger? Do you think The Disney Store should always release lithographs with interesting cover sleeves, or does that not matter to you, as you’ll just throw them away anyway?

Classic Animated Films as Disney Store Lithographs

Disney struggled for a while with the animated division of the company. Film after film failed at the box office and disappointed fans. But then a string of what we now consider classic films came along to bolster the confidence of Disney and Disney fan alike. That string of films came to be credited as creating a Disney Renaissance.

But before and after this period, Disney still released the odd film that just didn’t capture the imagination, nor most importantly the money, of the movie-going public. Let’s have a look at some of these. First:

Classic Rescuers Front Cover

The Rescuers – 1977

This film shouldn’t really be in this post as many Disney fans love it very much. But it rarely shows up on anyone’s all-time favorites list! It spawned a sequel (The Rescuers Down Under – 1990) and left us with two endearing characters in Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Bernard (Bob Newhart).

Classic Rescuers Lithograph

Everyone needs an Evinrude motor!

The Rescuers is filled with many charming and heart-warming scenes which make the film a definite classic!

Classic Rescuers Back Cover

The Rescuers was the 23rd feature-length animated film from Disney and is about the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organization headquartered in New York City that shadows the United Nations and is dedicated to helping abduction victims around the world. Sounds plausible!

The second film I will feature here is one of my personal favorites:

Classic Mouse Front CoverClassic Mouse Front Cover 2

The Great Mouse Detective – 1986

This is the 26th feature-length animated movie released by Disney and is based on the character of Sherlock Holmes. His mouse counterpart lives under his floorboards and is named Basil of Baker Street.

Classic Mouse Lithograph

Basil and Oliva find a clue!

I love the Sherlock Holmes character and have read all of the original stories as well as collected almost all of the movie adaptions, both from television and the silver screen.

Classic Mouse Back Cover

Promoting the re-release in 1999

The plot is long and convoluted as one would expect from a Sherlock story with lots of twists and turns. It also stars Vincent Price as the villain! Why didn’t this film do better at the box office? There’s just no figuring people.

If you like the characters from this film, check out this great ornament, also from the Disney Store.

The third movie is one I can’t stand to watch and haven’t added to my personal collection:

Classic Oliver Front Cover

Oliver & Company – 1988

Again, this lithograph from the Disney Store was released in 1996 to promote a video re-release.

Classic Oliver Lithograph

Cast of Characters

I felt this film relied too heavily on an all-star cast, most prominently Billy Joel and his music. It wasn’t enough to save this dog of a film, pun intended. It felt more like a Don Bluth effort along the lines of All Good Dogs Go to Heaven which also didn’t have teeth at the box office.

Classic Oliver Back Cover

This film was Disney’s 27th feature-length animated effort. It was inspired by the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist but casts Oliver as a homeless kitten who joins a gang of dogs to survive in the streets. It’s a pity this film survived the development phase!

Lastly I am thrilled to share another of my favorite, yet again not-so popular, films:

Classic Atlantis Front Cover

Atlantis, The Lost Empire – 2001

So now we jump ahead a couple of decades and well after the Disney Renaissance to an ambitious film that just didn’t quite cut it. Disney had planned to reinvent the submarine ride in Disneyland based on this film but poor box office made us have to wait until Finding Nemo to go under the water again.

Classic Atlantis Lithograph

This was Disney’s 41st feature-length animated film and its first animated science fiction attempt. Even the star-power of Michael J. Fox couldn’t float this one with fans and it sank.

Classic Atlantis Back Cover

Disney tried to mine the Steampunk vibe for this film but even that didn’t help it to catch an audience. Pity!

So how do you feel about these four movies? Are they near misses or enduring classics? Let me know in the comments section!

Little Mermaid Disney Store Exclusive Lithographs

I just love the exclusive series of lithographs that The Disney Store has released over the years! Today I am featuring one of the best-loved Disney Princesses, Ariel, The Little Mermaid:

Little Mermaid Folder Cover

Beautiful Cover Art on the Folder

Little Mermaid Back Cover

Preview of Lithographs on Back of Folder

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989. No date is stamped on the folder so this set could have been released in 1989 or at any other time when the movie was re-released.

Little Mermaid Folder w/pics

Inside Design of Folder

Not all folders are created equal. This one is a little more elaborate than most with a nice picture of Triton’s palace and an undersea scape. Below is a shot of the open folder without the lithographs inside:

Little Mermaid Folder w/o pics

And now, on to the lithographs themselves. Very few of The Disney Store lithographs have titles on them, which is the case for these Little Mermaid examples. So I will make up my own!

Little Mermaid Family


Little Mermaid Ursela

Getting Ready for Nastiness

Little Mermaid Meeting

From Here to… the Beach

Little Mermaid Under the Sea

Under the Sea Extravaganza

These prints certainly capture the rich tones of this undersea movie. Each print is 11″ by 14″ and suitable for framing. You can find these on eBay now for from $5.00 each or from $10.00 for the set. And then some others are asking way too much!


  • The movie was based on the Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Little Mermaid was Disney’s 28th feature-length animated film
  • It marked the start of the era known as the Disney Renaissance
  • It’s estimated that over a million bubbles were drawn for this film
  • It was the last Disney feature film to use the traditional hand-painted cel method of animation

For a look at some real live mermaids, take a trip with me to Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida. No snorkel required!

Tarzan Disney Store Exclusive Lithographs

Tarzan was released in 1999 by the Walt Disney Feature Animation unit and was the 37th Disney animated feature film. It was also the last film of the Disney Renaissance era. It was based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs and is the first animated major motion picture version of the Tarzan story.

I was beside myself when I first saw the trailers for this adaption of Tarzan! It looked so incredibly cool and the film did not disappoint.

So when I found these lithographs from The Disney Store, they just had to find their way into my collection!

Tarzan Litho Cover 2

Cover Sleeve

Some of the sleeves or folders for The Disney Store lithographs are quite elaborate. In the above instance, however, understatement ruled the day. But the print itself is striking:

Tarzan Litho 2

To the Death!

One of the most exciting scenes is the fight between Tarzan and a cheetah, presumably the one who killed his parents. This battle goes a long way to establishing Tarzan as the Lord of the Jungle!

Tarzan Litho Back 2

Back Cover of Lithograph Frame

Most of the lithographs I’ve seen are merely copies of cells from the film, but in this case, an exclusive dimensional image was created by the computer illustrators at Disney Interactive.

Let’s have a look at a second Tarzan lithograph:

Tarzan Litho Cover 1

Cover Sleeve

Now this is what I call a cover sleeve! I love this scene from the film (probably more than Jane is at this point) and almost wish that it had been the lithograph inside, but instead we have:

Tarzan Litho 1

Trashing the Camp

On the Jungle Cruise in Walt Disney World there is a scene along the bank where gorillas have found a human camp and trashed it, including flipping a Jeep! It’s likely that the scene depicted in the lithograph above was a homage to it.

English musician Phil Collins was recruited to compose and record songs which were integrated with a score by Mark Mancina. Collins’ heavy percussive style really added a lot of dimension and energy to the film. And the song written to accompany the funny camp scene was brilliant!

Tarzan Litho Back 1

Back Cover of Lithograph Frame

These two lithographs are definitely keepers and will likely find their way onto a wall in our home!

Can’t get enough lithographs? Check out both Lady and the Tramp and Monsters Inc. by clicking the links.

Lady and the Tramp Disney Store Lithographs

Lady and the Tramp was released to theaters on June 22nd, 1955. It was based on the book Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog by Ward Greene and tells the story of a refined female cocker spaniel named Lady who gets mixed up with a local mutt named Tramp. Love and adventure ensue!

But other than a hit Disney animated film, what do Lady and the Tramp have in common? This set of four Disney Store lithographs:

Lady and the Tramp Cover

Front cover of folder

Lady and the Tramp back

Back cover of folder

These lithograph sets are commonly given out by The Disney Store to promote the re-release of classic Disney animated films, such as Lady and the Tramp. However, in this case, the set featured here had prices on it: $14.95 US and $18.95 CAN. So it was either free if you pre-ordered Lady and for sale to everyone else, or you had to pay the price even if you pre-ordered and no one else could purchase it at all.

Lady and the Tramp Folder

Open Folder

This was one of the examples where the folder is just as interesting as the artwork inside. Above you can see the folder opened, but look what happens when you remove the lithographs and start to unfold the folder:

Lady and the Tramp folder 2

All set for a romantic dinner

Now we unfold once more:

Lady and the Tramp folder 3

Just another empty alley

This set was released in 1998 and so still has a unique folder but in later years The Disney Store started to release only one lithograph in a paper envelope. As always, as time goes by, things are more cheaply produced!

Now let’s have a look at the lithographs:

Lady and the Tramp Lady

Lady’s House Guests

Lady and the Tramp Warning

Lady Meets the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp Date

Lady’s First Date

Lady and the Tramp Dinner

Dinner Reservations for Two

Although each lithograph pictures a scene from the film, they are not labeled, so I have supplied my own titles for each one.

Each lithograph is 11″ x 14″ including the white border and are printed on high gloss paper.

To see a really great set of lithographs featuring the characters from Monsters Inc. just click the link. It has an amazing folder too!

Monsters Inc. Disney Store Lithographs

Monsters Inc. was produced by Pixar Studios and released by Walt Disney Studios in 2001. Since then it has spawned one prequel/sequel, Monsters University (2013). And as we will see, it has also spawned one awesome set of lithographs!

Monsters Inc. Cover

Front Cover

The Disney Store releases collector series lithographs when Pixar or Disney re-releases an old animated classic or when a new production is being promoted. The idea is that if you preorder the release from The Disney Store you will be given a set of complementary lithographs for ‘free’. I say ‘free’ in quotes because usually the prices at The Disney Store are slightly higher than retail elsewhere. However, the small price bump is well worth the value of the exclusive lithographs!

This particular set was available in 2002.

Monsters Inc. Back Cover

Back Cover

In some cases, as with this Monsters Inc. offering, the packaging of the lithographs is almost as good as the actual artwork contained inside!

Monsters Inc. Opened


I love the door motif that has been carried over from the movie. But you haven’t seen all the surprises this packaging has to offer. The side doors open to reveal even more cool imagery:

Monsters Inc. Door One

Door No. One

Monsters Inc. Door Two

Door No. Two

The lithographs themselves are 11″ x 14″ including the white border and are suitable for framing. The paper used in this case has a smooth gloss finish. Other Disney Store lithograph sets were produced on textured paper and looked and felt more like professional quality. Let’s have a look at each of the four Monsters Inc. lithographs in turn:

Monsters Inc. Group Shot

Group Shot

Monsters Inc. Buddies


Monsters Inc. Bedtime

Bedtime for Boo

Monsters Inc. Kitty


I added my own titles for each image as they didn’t come with any from the manufacturer.

Monsters Inc. Empty Folder

Empty Folder

You can buy this set of lithographs on eBay currently for between $8.00 and $25.00 US depending on the Seller and location of the item.

For more Disney Store lithographs, please check out these 75 Year Anniversary lithographs from 1996.

Disney 75 Years Commemorative Lithographs

Lithographs are great collectibles and Disney makes good use of them to promote their animated feature films and characters in general. I recently acquired an impressive stash of lithographs including these ones from The Disney Store:

lithographs Mickey in Folder

lithographs Tink in Folder

Disney Store Exclusives

From my research I’ve concluded that this was a set of two as I have been unable to find other examples on the Net or elsewhere. Most agree that they are from 1996, which would put the start date of the Disney company at 1921. In 1921, Walt Disney was contracted by Milton Feld to animate twelve cartoons, which he called Newman’s Laugh-O-grams. So these lithographs seem to commemorate the start of Walt’s first company, Laugh-o-Gram Studios. On May 23, 1922, Laugh-O-gram Films was incorporated by Disney using the remaining assets of the defunct Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists and local investors.

Interestingly, the first twelve cartoons Disney did were reworked Fairy Tales and did not feature either of the two characters depicted in these lithographs. Even Alice of the Alice Comedies was a few years off from the 1921 date.

lithographs coverlithographs back cover

Front and Back of folders

You’ll note that the back of the folder has perforations to allow the panel behind the celluloid picture to be removed. This is to allow light to pass through the cell causing it to be backlit, thus:

lithographs Mickey backlit

The definition of backlit: A light source placed behind an actor, object, or scene to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background, or to illuminate (something) from behind.

Here are closeups of both cells:

lithographs Mickey close uplithographs Tink close up

So just what is a lithograph?

By definition, it is the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a flat, specially prepared stone, with some greasy or oily substance, and of taking ink impressions from this as in ordinary printing. It is also a similar process in which a substance other than stone, as aluminum or zinc, is used.

And now you know!

Apart from The Disney Store you can obtain Disney-themed lithographs at The Art of Disney store in Disney Springs. Check out our visit there by clicking the link!

Disneyland Rollercoaster Tin Toy

I’ve always wanted one of these vintage Disney tin toys but have never been able to justify the cost. But today I found one at a reasonable price, although it has many condition issues. Let’s have a look:

Disneyland Rollercoaster 025

 Wonderful graphics!

This is a roller coaster that uses small individual cars which are drawn up the main ramp by a belt and then traverse the track using downward momentum alone.

Now let’s look at the whole toy:

Disneyland Rollercoaster 010

Disneyland Rollercoaster 011

So the first condition issue is the spring which has sprung:

Disneyland Rollercoaster 014

Also, the wind-up key is missing as is the conveyor belt used to move the cars up the main ramp:

Disneyland Rollercoaster 023          Disneyland Rollercoaster 024

And… the cars themselves are missing. But here is what they look like according to an eBay seller:

DL Rollercoaster Car top  DL Rollercoaster Car Bottom

But other than that, it is in beautiful condition and will make a very nice display piece!

Now let’s look at the graphics more closely and see the wonderful characters that are attending the fair today:

Disneyland Rollercoaster 012  Disneyland Rollercoaster 013

Disneyland Rollercoaster 015  Disneyland Rollercoaster 016

Disneyland Rollercoaster 017      Disneyland Rollercoaster 019

Nice pattern on the ‘floor’:

Disneyland Rollercoaster 020

And here is a final shot of the bottom of the toy:

Disneyland Rollercoaster 021

J. Chein & Co. was the manufacturer and the piece was likely produced between 1951 and 1953. I say this because Alice (in Wonderland) appears on the toy (July 28, 1951) but Peter Pan does not (February 5, 1953). Nor do characters from Lady and the Tramp (1955) or Sleeping Beauty (1959) and no characters from the 1960’s or later appear either.

The eBay seller I mentioned above is selling this piece for $150.00 US in a more complete condition than the one featured in this post. I paid just $42.50 CAN but again with more condition issues. But for me I simply want it for display purposes.

To conclude, here is some information about the J.Chein company:

J. Chein & Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from 1903 through the 1980s. It is best remembered today for its mechanical toys made from stamped and lithographed tin produced from the 1930s through the 1950s. Founded by Julius Chein in a loft in New York City, Chein’s earliest toy production was a line of premiums for the Cracker Jacks snack line. The American Can Company provided the lithographic printing for Chein’s early output until 1907 when Chein opened their own full production plant in Harrison, New Jersey. With their new facilities, they were able to produce piggy banks, noisemakers and model horse-drawn carriages. They also manufactured a number of toys under license from such companies as King Features Syndicate and Walt Disney Productions, producing Popeye, Felix the Cat and various Disney character toys.

Fantasia VHS Box Set

They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but I tend to disagree. I recently found, not one, but two VHS box sets at a local flea market. You can check out the first one here, and then feast your eyes on the second one here:

F1     F2


Stamped 1991

This set comes with two VHS tapes, one of the film, and the other containing a 41-minute documentary on the making of the film. It also comes with two CD’s containing the entire soundtrack.

F3     F9

Suggested Retail was $119.99 but I paid just $20.00

Of course, this set also includes a book. In this case, its soft cover and has 30 pages. It’s a beautiful 11″ x 14″ large-format high-gloss publication containing two pages of full-color reproductions of movie posters, and then each section of the film is given its own chapter. Very rewarding reading!

F5     Only available with this set

Last but not least is the Commemorative Lithograph of an original concept painting from 1939:

F6     F7

Even the envelope it comes in is cool!

Fantasia might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but as a dabbler in the arts myself, I enjoy it as the ground-breaking piece of creativity it was, and still is!

Technically, lightning has struck for me three times, as I originally found a VHS box set of Aladdin while on vacation in Michigan a few years ago. But the box was so badly damaged, there was no point in trying to save it. But I still have the soundtrack, book, and lithograph that came with the set.